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Harpenden pub looking to build barns of overnight accommodation

PUBLISHED: 12:58 12 March 2019 | UPDATED: 12:58 12 March 2019

The White Horse

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A Harpenden pub is looking to revamp its offering by demolishing an outbuilding and building guest rooms for its patrons.

The White Horse planning application. Picture: St Albans district council Planning PortalThe White Horse planning application. Picture: St Albans district council Planning Portal

The White Horse has applied for planning permission to knock down both the modern extensions and a storage outbuilding on the Redbourn Lane Grade II listed site.

Once the space is cleared, the owner would like to create an improved kitchen and dining space by extending the pre-17th century building and erect two barns of B&B accommodation.

With 15 rooms and 47 parking spaces in total, the barns aim to revive the historic farm courtyard character of the 0.384ha site and will be at a similar height as the pub.

There would be a glass walkway, in similar design to one at Hatfield House, used to link the existing buildings with the extensions.

These changes are intended to ensure the “continued survival, use, and viability” of the pub.

It has been operated by The Peach Pub Company since 2011 - a business which own or lease twenty pubs around the country.

Director of The Peach Pub Company, Jo Eames, said: “When we took over the pub, we were the third lessees in less than five years, the previous tenants both having run into financial difficulties.

“We have worked hard to build a sustainable business, but the pub has significant weaknesses.”

She said issues included the “worst working environment of all the kitchens amongst our pubs” and a “very small bar”.

Jo added: “Pubs are more than just buildings, they are characters in the local landscape.

“They contribute much to the vitality and viability of the local area, and as such must be allowed to adapt and evolve in order to survive in their original use.

“We are as keen as anyone to see the historic fabric of The White Horse protected and enhanced and believe this is best achieved by a sensitive development which will secure its future as a pub for many years to come.”

The White Horse is in a Harpenden Conservation Area. Planning permission must comply with the recently approved Harpenden Neighbourhood Plan.

View the application using planning reference 5/2019/0113.

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